Suspected cocaine, meth pushers arrested at Lagos airport
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a businessman, Nwachukwu Molokwu, who frequents China, Dubai, Pakistan and Vietnam, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, for drug trafficking.
This is contained in a statement by NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested for concealing thirty-six (36) parcels of cocaine in different parts of his check-in bags, hand luggage and two pairs of slippers, while heading to Southeast Asia.
He said that Mr Molokwu was arrested at the screening point of the MMIA Terminal 2 while attempting to board his flight to Vietnam on Wednesday March 22.
He also said that a total of thirty-six parcels of whitish powdery substance that tested positive to cocaine with a gross weight of 1.00 kilogramme were recovered from the handles of his bags and soles of two pairs of slippers in his luggage.
He added that the suspect claims he travels frequently to China, Dubai, Pakistan and Vietnam, from where he imports baby clothes he distributes from his Onitsha, Anambra state, base.
In the same vein, NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport have thwarted an attempt by a suspect, Chimezie Nwafor, to export 2.10 kilograms of methamphetamine to Brazil.
Mr Babafemi said that follow up operations led to the arrest of three more suspects linked to the consignment at Oyingbo market, Yaba, Lagos. They include: Ifeanyi Onu; Simon Nwuzor and Omini ThankGod Peter.
“The meth consignment was moulded into 25 bars of local black soap called Dudu Osun and packaged in a carton for export to Brazil,” he said.
Also, Mr Babafemi said that the operatives foiled a similar attempt to export a cocaine consignment consisting of 300 grams of raw cocaine and 200 grams of phenacetin.
He said that a chemical agent used to adulterate and increase the volume of cocaine, was concealed in packs of air freshener, going to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
He also said that operatives attached to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) export shed at the Lagos airport on Monday March 20, made the arrest.
He added that a suspect, Onyeze Obiora, has already been arrested in connection with the seizure.